No particular VIP treatment was given to President Obama‘s two Portuguese water dogs during a recent family vacation in Hawaii, at least as far as quarantine procedures went.
Those strict regulations were enforced upon the presidential pooches, just as with all other pets who visit the Hawaiian islands.
The state requires all visiting dogs to go through certain quarantine procedures. Bo and Sunny were no exception. They underwent a rabies blood test as well as numerous tests to show they were not carrying any bacterial or viral diseases.
Pets that do not follow these procedures can be quarantined in Hawaii for up to four months.
The one difference in the presidential pets’ check-in strategy? Bo and Sunny were inspected by a military veterinarian upon their arrival at Hickam Air Force Base, whereas other pets have their inspections performed through a quarantine office at Honolulu International Airport.
After more than two weeks on vacation during the year-end holidays in Hawaii, President Obama returned to Washington yesterday. First Lady Michelle Obama stayed behind for a few more days in Hawaii before her upcoming 50th birthday, which is January 17.
The two dogs apparently traveled back to Washington, D.C. with President Obama and daughters.